Sunday, July 23, 2006

Kill'em All!

No, I'm not talking about Metallica's 1983 debut album. I'm talking about the Rules of Engagement handed down to our troops trapped in Iraq.

Soldiers Say Ordered to Kill Young Men

Four U.S. soldiers accused of murdering suspected insurgents during a raid in Iraq said they were under orders to "kill all military age males," according to sworn statements obtained by The Associated Press. The soldiers first took some of the men into custody because they were using two women and a toddler as human shields. They shot three of the men after the women and child were safe and say the men attacked them. "The ROE (rule of engagement) was to kill all military age males on Objective Murray," Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard told investigators, referring to the target by its code name.

Yeah, I can't possibly understand why they hate us so much. I mean, we liberated them. They're free now. Russia should be giving its left nut to have a Democracy like that.

I wonder if those ROE are also in place in Afghanistan, a country that we are losing control of in slow motion.

Afghanistan close to anarchy, warns general

Nato commander's view in stark contrast to ministers'
Forces short of equipment and 'running out of time'

Now Afghanistan has been "close to anarchy" the entire time. I can't think of a time within my lifetime when Afghanistan wasn't close to anarchy. But that's not what's important to Cheney and Bush. Are the pipelines secure? That's what's important. That's the whole reason we are in Aghanistan. Osama? Taliban? Gimme a break. If we gave such a shit about people being oppressed then we'd be invading a whole slough of countries that oppress their people. Finding terrorists that attacked us? First, convince me, using evidence, that Osama had anything to do with 9/11, then I'll believe that's why we invaded Afghanistan. Second, if you can prove to me that Osama is resonsible (which you can't) then I get to bitch about not accomplishing the one ostensible goal for invading and occupying. Never mind the fact that right after the invasion, pipeline construction went into full swing and that the president of the presidential palace in Kabul once (once?) worked for Unocal, the original claimant of the pipelines.

I'm sure if there are any "military aged men" living around te pipelines, they won't be living for long.


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